Sun Shipbuilding was a large shipbuilding yard located in Pennsylvania on the Delaware River. Sun Shipbuilding built and repaired a variety of ships for over 70 years. The Sun Shipbuilding company specialized in producing tankers and significantly contributed to the Navy arsenal in the World War era. Unfortunately, for years Sun Shipbuilding Company workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos for prolonged periods.

History of the Sun Shipbuilding Company  

The Sun Shipbuilding Company was founded by the Sun Oil Company in the early part of the 20th century and launched its first ship in 1917. Sun Shipbuilding predominantly built oil super tankers for the Sun Oil Company but accepted military contracts during the World Wars. Sun Shipbuilding built 281 tankers during the war, providing 40% of the nation’s wartime total. During this time, Sun Shipbuilding employed more than 35,000 workers and was the largest shipyard in the US with 20 shipways.  

After the World Wars, Sun Shipbuilding was involved in commercial operations and produced oil tankers for Sun Oil and Standard Oil. After many decades of successful ship production, Sun Shipbuilding was sold in 1982 to another Pennsylvania company, Penn Shipbuilding.

Sun Shipbuilding & Asbestos

Unfortunately, throughout its existence, Sun Shipbuilding workers were exposed to asbestos. The hazards of asbestos were still mostly unheard of until Sun Shipbuilding closed. Sun Shipbuilding workers did not take any precautions when handling asbestos.

Like other shipyards, Sun Shipbuilding used asbestos in insulation, flooring, construction, fireproofing, acoustic control, and in many other ways. Today it’s known that asbestos exposure is linked to many dangerous health conditions. When asbestos materials are manipulated, asbestos fibers may become airborne. In the tight, poorly ventilated ships, airborne asbestos fibers are likely to be inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lungs or protective lining surrounding the body’s organs and cause severe and fatal health problems, including Mesothelioma.

If you have been exposed to asbestos while working at Sun Shipbuilding, you are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, including Mesothelioma.

Asbestos Injuries at Sun Shipbuilding – Pennsylvania

If you or a loved worked for Sun Shipbuilding and developed an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced asbestos lawyer who can inform you of your rights and options, contact us today.

Published November 17, 2011 by